The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday waded into the waste disposal crisis rocking the state by ordering the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to immediately restore the services of the Private Sector Partnership (PSP) operators in their areas.
The House also declared that it does not recognise Visionscape Sanitation Solution Limited which was appointed by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode following the disengagement of most of the PSP operators in the state.
While giving the order during plenary on Thursday, Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, also ordered the Clerk of the House to invite the Commissioner for the Environment, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti to appear before the House on the matter next week.
The decision to return the PSPs followed an urgent matter of public importance raised by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa Constituency 1) on heaps of refuse scattered all over the state.
The engagement of Visionscape and the refuse crisis in the state was part of the reasons Governor Ambode lost his second term bid.
After the last primary election won by Babajide Sanwoolu, many Visionscape workers were reportedly attacked and their vehicles vandalised. The board of Visionscape’s parent company based in the United Kingdom had written to the company over the violence.
However, Speaker Obasa, speaking further on Thursday, said the House of Assembly does not recognise Visionscape as a refuse collector in the state, saying all monies collected by the company must be refunded.
“We insist that we don’t know anything about Visionscape because we were not consulted before they started work,” he said.
“We once wrote the Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Akinyemi Ashade not to pay Visionscape again and he would return any money he paid to them after our instruction to the coffers of the state government. We will go to that, when the time comes, but we have to do the needful now.
“We are calling on the 20 local governments and 37 LCDAs in the state to have meetings with the PSP operators to go back to work and they should start paying them and make the residents to start paying the operators. We have to avoid epidemics and be proactive.”
The Speaker also said residents should not be stopped from dumping refuse at the dumpsites since a lot of refuse trucks were in bad state.